- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- FROM THE REC
- NEW CROSSES
- BLESSING OF BADGES
- TUMUT SHOW DISPLAY
- STUDENT OF THE WEEK & MJR AWARDS WEEK 5 AND WEEK 6
- PRIMARY SWIMMING CHAMPIONS AND RUNNERS UP 2022
- COMMUNITY COUNCIL UPDATE
- ONLINE PARENTING WORKSHOPS
- EXCURSIONS ARE BACK!
- RADIO NEWS
- 22.2.22 TWOSDAY
- PRIMARY CANTEEN
- MESSAGE FROM GOODES COACHES
- HOLIDAY ACTIVITES AT MONTREAL THEATRE
- NUTRITION SNIPPETS
Dear McAuley Families
I offer my thanks again as we progress through the term smoothly. The vigilance around testing and hygiene is certainly helping keep us all as safe and well as possible.
I hope that by now our students and families are in good routines at school and at home. Routines help us feel organised, comfortable, safe and secure. Indeed, good routines help us as parents as we feel more organised and less stressed. Various articles and websites all point to the benefits of routines… here are some I found after a
quick Google search:
- Routine helps us be on time.
- Routine helps bind families together….
- Establishes expectations.
- Creates a calmer household.
- Gives children confidence and independence.
- Establishes healthy habits.
- Provides opportunity for family “rituals”.
- Offers stability in times of stress.
Class and PC teachers in Year 6 and above will be speaking to their students assisting their planning and organisation in the use of Google Calendars which are available to all through their log ins. Assessment timelines are about to be published by Secondary staff which will help plot what is due and when. It also gives us a chance at school to be sure that there is a fair “spread” of due dates throughout the semester. I encourage you to build your son or daughter’s personal organisation skills by the good use of diaries and calendars and by planning ahead so that their stress and workload are reasonable. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school should you have questions or need support.
Our new counsellor, Joanne Burton has been introduced to you by email and I know has already met some of our students and families. Please be sure to reach out should you have concerns or questions about your son or daughter’s social progress, friendships or mental health. We are very lucky to have her advice and support for three days a week this year.
The season of Lent begins this week as we lead up to Easter. Those 40 days provide us with a roadmap to examine our actions and to work to either deny ourselves of something or indeed to “do” something for others. Our Mercy traditions remind us that it is our calling to serve the most marginalised and to make our spirituality an “action”. Indeed “… when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” (Paulo Coelho).
As restrictions are easing I very much look forward to being able to welcome parents, volunteers and visitors onto the school grounds and to learn, meet and celebrate together. Our Community Council met last night and I know are keen to plan fundraising and community activities to work to support and re-connect our McAuley families. I am keen for all to have a voice and input into our future plans. Our Strategic Plan for 2022-2024 was discussed and explained to be looking to investigate possibilities and embrace opportunities. Namely:
- Year 11 & 12 Academic and VET pathways
- Further Capital Works and renovation/s of Classrooms, Administration spaces, toilets and canteen/s
- Landscaping, exterior works and provision of play/activity/learning spaces for students
It is an exciting time for us at McAuley and I look forward to sharing the journey together as we navigate the “new normal” in education, work and life. We welcome the Director of Catholic Education Ross Fox to the school today and I very much look forward to showcasing the immense progress we have made over the last two years in capital works, building and renovations moving our school into the future.
Mary our Mother… Look after us.
Two years ago, around Ash Wednesday, we were thrown into a global pandemic and the world began Lent together.
Venerable Catherine McAuley said that one Eucharist well received is sufficient to make a saint. Ultimately the Eucharist is the perfection of the family meal - sacrifice and love with God and His family (our family) around the table. This Lent, return to the family table. Invite people over. Plan intentional meals. Share your hearts. Laugh and love.
In the words of Zig Ziglar:
“F-E-A-R: has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run OR Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.”
You can’t live in a state of fear and a state of faith simultaneously.
Both fear and faith are products of the imagination.
You can’t live in both states simultaneously.
The students at McAuley are proudly displaying some of their wonderful art and craft items at the Tumut Show.
This year, we have also entered some decorated pumpkins in the competition. The pumpkins were decorated to reflect the class theme or novel. Some very imaginative ideas there! Be sure to check out the McAuley stand over the weekend at the show.
At last night’s Community Council AGM the following Office Bearers were elected:
Chair: Natalie Bartlett
Vice: Lucinda Clay
Treasurer: Mel Pearce
Secretary: Alyson Forsyth
Congratulations and thank you to our Community members who give so freely of our time in the support of our school and students.
This year the Community Council are keen to re-connect our families and work towards quite specific goals. This is in line with the School’s Strategic Plan 2022-2024 which was presented by our Principal, Mr Moore last night.
- Assemble a Working Party to plan exterior works – landscaping, plantings and outdoor shade and play areas.
- Create a Master Plan for the works above.
- Contact local businesses and Families in terms of services and offerings/donations.
- Plan and follow through on refurbishment of play/social spaces and equipment on Primary and Secondary Campuses.
- Organise social gatherings to re-connect our families.
- Build the membership and promote the Community Council as an active and vibrant supporter of our school.
We are always happy to receive your comments and suggestions. You can best contact the CC through their email address:
Next meeting is on Thursday 31 March @ 5.00pm. Please feel very welcome to come along (and bring a friend!)
Since visiting the Snowy Valleys region last year Rebecca Van Herk and the KidsXpress team have sourced additional funding to support children and families in the region.
One of these programs is an Online Parenting Workshop to be run over 10 weeks starting on the 14th of March 2022 (with a break for holidays).
Registrations can be made using the link below.
Spaces are quite limited so once this program fills, we will keep a waitlist so we can look to deliver the program again later in the year.
Should you have any questions or require further information please don’t hesitate to call or email me.
Tammy Scharenguivel - 02 9380 9220. email@example.com
We have the following Secondary excursions coming up:
- Year 7 - a 3 day camp at the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation located on the northern beaches at Narrabeen, Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th May. Students will be involved in activities which promote healthy relationships, team building and orientation to Secondary School. They will also have time to get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company away from the formal school setting. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required by Monday 7th March, along with completed Medical and Consent forms which can be found at:
- Year 9 & 10 - Elective Excursion to Canberra, Friday 18th March. Visual Art and Photography students will visit the acclaimed Jeffrey Smart exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia and view ongoing photographic exhibitions at the Gallery. PASS students will visit the Institute of Sport experiencing the Institute's Sportex program.
- Sydney Royal Easter Show - more details to come soon.
The Primary canteen is now back up and running. A BIG thank you to our volunteers who make the canteen possible. As you can see from the roster we do have a couple of spots that still require filling. Volunteers will need to give an hour of their time, 12:50pm - 1:50pm, just once a month! If you are able to assist please contact the Primary Office. (Please note that all volunteers must be fully vaccinated to be able to assist).
Goodes Coaches facebook page, please like & share.
We will use facebook to keep parents informed of any changes or buses running late.
On 21 February 2022 Goodes Coaches received the following in an email from Transport for NSW, regarding face masks remaining mandatory on Public Transport for over 12 years and recommended for under 12 years:
Thank you for your continuing support in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the announcement by the Premier on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we expect more people to return to public transport in the coming weeks.
Importantly, face masks remain mandatory on public transport and in all public transport waiting areas for customers and staff.
Transport for NSW is currently working through its COVIDSafe measures on public transport going forward and we will update you with what this will mean for you and your services shortly.
For now, please continue to follow your current COVIDSafe measures.
At all times, operators should be guided by their own work health and safety risk assessment and their policies and procedures to ensure that the risk of COVID-19 transmission to staff and customers is minimised.
Thank you for the vital role you are all playing in not only protecting yourself but those around you.
ROALD DAHL’s Dirty Beasts and Revolting Repertoire
Don’t gobblefunk around, get your tickets now!
This April school holidays, the Montreal Community Theatre together with the shake & stir theatre co present five days of frivolous fun with Roald Dahl. Dirty Beasts & Revolting Repertoire is a school holiday program designed for the whole family.
Never before seen in Tumut, shake & stir is widely acknowledged as a leading national touring theatre company, taking medium to large scale works to major metropolitan and regional centres, annually. Lead by an experienced team of professional actors and directors, the program offers something for everyone.
Dirty Beasts - a public performance that bursts off the page in a spectacular live show. Frighteningly funny and seriously silly, Dirty Beasts is the perfect family entertainment for children aged 3 to 103. It delights and disgusts in equal. Tickets $25 per person.
Revolting Repertoire – a four day drama residency for students aged 7 to 12. Using the magic of the performing arts, students will delve into the wonderful world of Roald Dahl, exploring his stories, poems and revoltingly hilarious characters. Finishing the week with a mega mix of marvelous moments in a showcase performance for friends and family. Tickets $290 per person and limited to 25 places.
Theatre Bootcamp – a three hour drama masterclass for students aged 12 to 18. Tailored for the Montreal Community Theatre this is the perfect opportunity for young and hungry actors to build stage confidence and develop a skills set used in auditions, rehearsals, storytelling and performance. Tickets $45 per person and limited to 35 places.
shake & stir is one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies touring Australia and New Zealand since 2006. Mainstage work has included: Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvelous Medicine, Endgame, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, 1984, Tequila Mockingbird, Animal Farm and Statespeare.
The school holiday program and has been enabled by funding from the Snowy Valleys Council as well as the Blakeney Millar Foundation. Funding was provided as a resilience and recovery project following the 2020 Black Summer bush fires.
The active engagement and interpersonal experiences fostered through drama and theatre education can have overreaching positive effects for children including; building self-confidence, harnessing the imagination, improving social skills as well as improving listening and communication skills.
Service NSW vouchers accepted for this series of events.
Don’t be disappointed, ensure you book early. Bookings available through www.montrealtheate.com.au or by calling Sounds of the Mountains on 6947 9100.